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[del-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌdɛl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
a group or body of delegates:
Our club sent a delegation to the rally.
the body of delegates chosen to represent a political unit, as a state, in an assembly:
the New Jersey delegation in Congress.
the act of delegating.
the state of being delegated.
Origin of delegation
1605-15; < Latin dēlēgātiōn- (stem of dēlēgātiō), equivalent to dēlegāt(us) (see delegate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondelegation, noun
predelegation, noun
redelegation, noun
subdelegation, noun
2. commission. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delegation
  • Customers could understand and believe in the delegation of responsibility for the application.
  • Next week, our correspondent travelling with the delegation will report how things turned out.
  • As with effective leadership and functional teamwork, when it comes to memory, smart delegation is key.
  • But the delegation is approaching this with conscientious sincerity.
  • delegation is the only way to cope with how much work you have.
  • Provides leadership through effective goal setting, delegation, and communication.
  • He might hand them all out to a delegation of visiting schoolteachers.
  • The outcome of this debates shows why democracy requires delegation.
British Dictionary definitions for delegation


a person or group chosen to represent another or others
the act of delegating or state of being delegated
(US, politics) all the members of Congress from one state
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Word Origin and History for delegation

1610s, "action of delegating" (earlier in this sense was delegacie, mid-15c.); perhaps a native formation, perhaps from French délégation, or directly from Latin delegationem (nominative delegatio) "assignment, delegation," noun of action from past participle stem of delegare (see delegate). Meaning "persons sent by commission" is from 1818; meaning "a state's elected representatives, taken collectively," is U.S. political usage from 1820s.

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